Policeman Darran Loader has completed a number of challenges he set himself in 2012.
As the Isle of Man Examiner reported before he began the challenges, he wanted to complete four marathons, a desert trek and a parachute jump all in 2013 in aid of Bowel Cancer Isle of Man, a cause which holds a great significance to Darran and his family.
Training began in the autumn of 2012 in order to get fit enough to be able to complete these events over a six-month period, no easy feat especially with fitting training around shift work and spending time with his family. Fortunately Darran, who lives in Kirk Michael, had some experience of long distance running having formerly completed the London and Belfast marathons for charity.
The events were dotted around the Isle of Man, UK, Ireland and as far as Jordan with Darran funding the travelling partially himself and through a number of sponsorship from Capital international Group and Zurich International.
His target was to raise £2,000 for Bowel Cancer Isle of Man, in memory of his late father Shaun and father-in-law Clive and so far has managed to raise just over £3,000. Not only did Darran want to raise money for the charity but also raise an awareness of bowel cancer.
Darran said: ‘I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who was kind enough to sponsor me, money raised will be a massive help to Bowel Cancer Isle of Man where the funding will help in promoting screening and the charity.
‘Twenty-thirteen was an amazing, challenging and very emotional year for me completing all the challenges.
‘The marathons were exhausting and stressful on my body yet the feeling when I crossed the finish lines were fantastic, especially when I finished the Blackpool and Isle of Man marathons holding hands with my four-year-old daughter Francesca.
‘The parachute jump was as I expected a very frightening yet exhilarating experience. The finale of my challenges was the Jordan Desert Trek. This was a lot tougher than I expected as I suffered nasty blisters and sickness.
‘Yet through it all I made some wonderful friends and met the amazing local Bedouin people who live in the desert. I came away from there feeling very humbled and appreciative of what I have in my life.
‘Having worked hard to complete the challenges and raise sponsorship, I have been told now by my wonderful wife Louise to put my feet up and rest. I am now on the committee as secretary for Bowel Cancer Isle of Man, where I hope to continue to help this very special charity.
‘Again I just want to say thank you especially to Capital International for all the sponsorship I received.’